Archive | January 2012

What Board Games Have You Played? Do You Still Play Board Games Now?

Lately, I have been in my Gaming mode whether its from the Gaming Console or the original board games of the past. In Recent years I do not hear much of people playing board games anymore and I think it is due to the life now, how everything is revolved around gadgets, and games online now and I rarely hear anymore that people are actually playing an interactive board game with family and friends. I believe that by playing board games and being interactive is far more better than playing those games online. I believe its a lot more fun to play with people physcially than on a computer. Now In my previous blog I wrote about Nintendo Games and playing on the TV, thats also interactive with someone whom you can play with or a group of people in teams.

There were also these building games like Constructs, Lego, and all those things where you would build. It was so fun and I used to spend hours on it.

I remember playing so many board games as child up til my early teens. It has been a long time I haven’t played a board game. I played games like Uno, Trouble, Monopoly, Othello, Scattergories, Operation, Snakes & Ladders, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Tic Tac Toe, Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Jenga, you name it. What Board games have you played? Do you still invest time in interactive games with your family and friends?

 

I Really Miss The Original Nintendo and Playing The Popular Mario Bros.

Lately, I have been playing wayback playback of the gaming consoles I have played with when I was younger. There was the Original Nintendo, then Sega Genesis with the Sonic & Hedgehog, and so much more, but particularly, I used to play Nintendo Mario Brothers Games from one until three and Dr. Mario. I remember when I had the cold, I used to think just by playing Dr. Mario with the different coloured tablets, I would get better, but no LOL… Since then I haven’t played the new playstations, xbox 360’s… I am all about the Older gaming consoles. Another game I liked to play was Duck hunt, Konami Games, Double Dragon, River City Ransom, and so many games I had. My brother still has them. Its now a classic thing and its probably worth a lot now.

I remember playing these games for countless hours with my cousins, and so many people used to come over and we would have tournaments playing these games. Nothing beats these games now. I remember sometimes when the game didn’t work correctly, we’d blow into the game and then it would work, or in the compartment to play the game we’d blow into and press the start button. LOL it was cool. Its been over 15 years or more I haven’t played it. I really miss it. I think I will play with it this week. Mario Brothers games are so fun. In the 3rd one, I would always get the whistle and skip through all the levels and go to Level 8 and I would always beat the goomba at the end and win the whole game. Sometimes I would play every level, but that would take hours and hours. I miss those days where the going and coming of people being together all the time playing interactive games, now its not so much anymore. Nintendo was a fun thing and I never got bored of it. I think about it from time to time.

 

Talin’s Pomegranate Vegetable Salad

Pomegranates are one of my favourite fruits to eat and pomegranates can be used in so many ways as juices, a snack, salads and so much more. Pomegranates Originated from Armenia. Even though the Apricot is Armenia’s National fruit, but Pomegranates are equivalent to that. Pomegranates have so much nutrients and health benefits. You can get them at your local grocery store or specialty grocery stores. They are lovely fruits and I like them a lot. Well, here is how you make Talin’s Pomegranate Vegetable Salad.

You will need:

- 1 Red Onion – Chopped into Salad Size…

- 1 or 2 Romaine Lettuce – the full thing —- depends on how many people will be having salad.. Wash the romaine lettuce

- 2-3 Pomegranates — take the red seeds out — first before doing so, wash the pomegranate from the outside….

- Washed 1 Green Pepper — chop into salad size pieces.

- Half of a Cucumber or a whole one — Washed and chopped  into salad size pieces.

- 1 or 2 tomato’s on a vine — washed and chopped into salad sized pieces.

- 2 or 3 Celery Sticks WASHED. Chopped into elbow macaroni like pieces but slightly bigger…..

- 2 Lemons washed skin — Squeezed  ————— Mix this with the 2 ingredients below:

- 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

- 2-3 sprinkles of SEA SALT

—- Optional — You can put Feta Cheese, A little Cracked black pepper, Black Olives…

*****Remember to wash all your ingedients very well and discard the ends.******

To Prepare:

Just incorporate all the salad ingredients into a big salad bowl, then add the pomegranate seeds on top then the Lemon Olive Oil juice, then toss and mix the salad very well until all the ingredients incorporate with each other and there you have it. A HEALTHY SALAD.

Enjoy!!!!

 

Red Lentil Soup — With Parboiled Rice, Potato & Carrots

Hello, Here is one of my favourite and easy recipes to make on a cold winters day. Red Lentil soup is high in Iron, and Goodness and very healthy to eat. This concoction is a hearty soup and its incredible… Here is how to make it.

You will need:

- 1-2 teaspoons of Ground Cumin

- 1 Cup of thoroughly washed Parboiled Rice – Make sure you wash it very well until water becomes transparent….

- 2-3 cups of Red Lentil — Make sure this is also washed 3-4 times.

- 1-2 teaspoons of salt — use as desired, but I do not recommend it to be too too salty, so use it to your discrection.

- 3-4 potato’s — chopped and diced — wash the potato’s as well — Use regular sized potato’s but not too big.

- 1 to 2 carrot sticks, washed and zested, but diced as well.

To Prepare:

First you put the Red Lentils in the large pot to cook with the water, and bring it to a boil and make sure all the red lentils cook very well until you don’t see the lentils anymore just a light coloured mixture. Make sure there is enough water, then you put in the parboiled Rice, you let that cook for a good 10-12 minutes, but after 8 minutes of cooking the rice, put in the potato and carrots at the same time, then put in your Ground Cumin and Salt — Make sure the soup has enough water. keep adding water if desired, but make it hearty…. There you have it… RED LENTIL SOUP with Parboiled Rice, Potato and Carrots..

—– You can add Cooking Onions if you like into the soup…. that adds a bit more flavour… about 1-2 onions….

 

Reader Appreciation Day!

Dear My Lovely Supporters, Readers,

I’d Like to say thank you so much for all your comments, your time reading my blog, giving me wonderful and positive feedback. I appreciate it all so much. I believe all of us have strengths, talents and the way to life and it should never be taken for granted. Blogging has become one of my priorities in my life and writing is my passion and finally I found what I really love doing and what I really am passionate about. I spent a lot of alone time and I was thinking about all the things I can do, and writing was one of them, and I instantly began to write for my Armenian Church and then it escalated from there starting my own blog in Google Blogspot, that did not pan out, so I moved to WordPress and I am loving it ever since. WordPress blogs and other bloggers have taught me a lot about life and how I am not alone in situations and I am so greatful to them all for taking the time to come to my blog and reply and giving me incredible awards, plaques, nominating me for so many different types of awards and you all carry a special place in my heart from my readers, supporters, family, friends and fans and all those websites of blogs that has my name on it, and among other websites. You all are so lovely and sweet and may you all be healthy, happy and everything else in between. All the best of the best in Life and may all your dreams come true. It is never too late to start dreaming. I LOVE you all very much and thanks again for everything.

Everyday should be Reader Appreciation Day but today I decided I dedicate it to you all.

Much Love,

Love,

Talin Orfali

Being Used, Then Put To The Side When Not Needed Anymore…

Lately, I have been feeling really used by people and its not a pleasant thing to go through. I have been through so much in my life like people bullying me, and keeping me left out of things in peoples lives and all that was a thing of the past, but now I am dealing with another dilemma, and that is people using me. I am only approached to if people need something, then the rest of the time, they act like they do not even know you, and say who is she? It is really a terrible feeling and I hope nobody else has to go through those problems. I myself have been there so many times where people wouldn’t give you the time of day, but conveniently they are there when you are needed.

I must learn to put my foot down, my good nature and soft heartedness, I am always end up doing it for them. Now that Facebook, Twitter, Youtube is out many people ask me to advertise they’re links and I do it, but there is a limit. There is this quote which I really love but do not know who the writer is, but it says: “Never make people a priority, when you are just an option to them”. I should take that advice and words of wisdom and put to good use. I should say no once in a while, it won’t hurt me. I will just find out who my true friends are by just doing so. I know there are still great people in this world, but very rare to find these days and very rare to find people whom do not use others.

Now days, whenever I see pictures of people having fun with each other on facebook, they are at a party, then I have to find out after the fact of that gathering or something and it is extremely hurtful to me and feeling excluded from things is not something that I feel good about. I cannot even begin to think how many times I have cried myself to sleep, thinking I am just a book that is read and put back on the shelf and not needed anymore, or those clothes that have been worn and put back in the closet to never be worn again. Its terrifying to feel this way and its not a great feeling at all. All the times I have been bullied, and put to the side when I was a kid, comes back to haunt me and no matter how much we try to forget it, it always there. It just doesn’t make sense to me and I am still trying to figure it out.

I want to have fun in my life, I want to put all those bad feelings and put them in the past and start fresh, but its not happening for me and sometimes all I want to do is just have some fun, and be invited to gatherings, be invited and have great conversations with people whom I know, not just one or two word conversations then I get put to the side and I am not noticed all night and I am just there by myself where nobody would talk to me for long periods of time. Its crazy. I do have friends now and everything and I am greatful to that and I have people whom I go out with Friday nights and stuff, but I am just so tired of being used then put out to the curb on Garbage day because that is how I feel at times and its just so ridiculous. I do not get why people have to act this way to other people. Its not a great feeling at all and I know all of this first hand. I hope nobody else has to go through this.

Zakhtari KEKHGEH – Zahtar Thyme Cookies

2 Cups of Flour

1 cup of Zakhtar

1 cup of Mazola or Olive Oil

a little bit of Salt

1-2 cups of Water

1 teaspoon of Baking powder

Mix it up —– and make them into any shape you want

bake it until you see it get light golden brown.

take out, let cool

then serve…..